News and Notes

Christmas is Upon Us

Posted onDecember 7, 2018 | 0 comments

The Christmas season is upon us. I know this because people are driving more aggressively, my mailbox is stuffed on a daily basis with magazines I never ordered and I'm busier than any other time in the year....Keep Reading

Homecoming

Posted onNovember 29, 2018 | by: Pastor Jonathan Riddle | 0 comments

As many of you know, this fall our oldest son Samuel began his first semester in the Corp of Cadets at Virginia Tech. Virginia Polytechnic Institute is one of only two major public universities to host a senior military college as part of a larger civilian university. Lord willing if he's able to reach the end, he will graduate with a college degree as a commissioned officer in the United States Marine Corp. It is an incredibly challenging program. This past August he began a four-year program with 45 other NROTC freshmen and now just 16 remain....Keep Reading

Padre's Ponderings

Posted onNovember 28, 2018 | 0 comments

I've been thinking a lot about my paternal grandfather lately - this was his favorite time of year. The harvest was in and the days were getting shorter; the old scuppernong grape arbor was bare and pecans were falling like rain from the trees scattered around his little house on my uncle's farm. It was too late for a window fan and too soon to set a fire . . . it was just perfect!...Keep Reading

Padre's Ponderings

Posted onNovember 9, 2018 | by: Father Chuck Owens | 0 comments

As plans are made for pledges to be placed on the altar during our Thanksgiving Services, I'm excitedly looking ahead to 2019, for I believe it will be a special one for me personally and for this parish family. Here's why....Keep Reading

Good News, Great Joy

Posted onOctober 26, 2018 | 0 comments

One of my greatest memories didn't start off that way. During my time as a student at Appalachian State, I had the opportunity of earning extra money around Christmas by working at Samaritan's Purse. Operation Christmas Child was just getting off the ground....Keep Reading

All Things Have Been Created by Him and for Him

Posted onOctober 11, 2018 | by: Pastor Jonathan Riddle | 0 comments

Last week our Church celebrated The Blessing of the Animals at Cross Schools and on the Historic Campus Bluff. It was special to see people's love for their animals, but even more so because we're living out a Gospel mandate, "To glorify God and enjoy Him forever." ...Keep Reading

Thank You for the Prayers

Posted onAugust 17, 2018 | 0 comments

As many have asked for updates concerning our oldest son, Sam, here is the latest. Last Saturday, Lisa and I dropped him off at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. He was awarded a Marine ROTC scholarship to The Corp of Cadets. ...Keep Reading

Special times with family

Posted onJuly 16, 2018 | by: Father Chuck Owens | 0 comments

Becky and I looked at each other last night with sad eyes . . . our grandson Charlie went home yesterday! The Uno and Rummikub games have been returned to the cabinet beneath the den window; the night light is off in the bedroom at the top of the stairs; a pair of small flip flops is no longer waiting by the back door; and after two weeks, the Rectory seems strangely empty. ...Keep Reading